WHO WE ARE
UKirk (meaning “University Church”) is a network of ministries supported by the Presbyterian Church (USA). We are charged with reaching, loving, and teaching college students so they may be lifelong followers of Jesus Christ. At UKirk UTK, we believe that every person, without qualification, should have the opportunity for God’s amazing love to be made known to them. We believe what God intends for the world is a reality in which people recognize God’s image in the other and value diversity of perspective, race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ideological and political beliefs, or any other point of contention or division in our society. We believe all people are invited to Christ’s table, not to fit in, but rather to bring their honest, authentic, and, at times, broken selves to experience the grace of God. We hope you’ll stop by and give us an opportunity to extend a warm welcome. Whether you’re a freshman or non-traditional student, Presbyterian or not Presbyterian, you’re invited.
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Please see the calendar for changes in times and topics.
Wednesdays at 7 p.m. We gather as a group for dinner, conversation, a time of worship and reflection, communication and fellowship.
Mondays at 12:30 p.m. Join us for free (vegetarian-friendly) lunch and discussion about challenging theological topics in a relaxed environment.
If you have a green thumb, then help support our efforts to grow and donate fresh, local produce to those with food insecurity in the area.
A Place to Be. Come enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in a warm, welcoming environment.
The Latest from the UKirk Blog
Leaving a place you love is always difficult. As I prepare for the conclusion of my tenure as the Pastor of UKirk-UTK, it’s difficult to put into words the swirl of emotion that I feel as this great time of my life comes to a close. I feel grateful. I want to thank all the[…]
When I took the position as Communications Coordinator here at UKirk, I knew part of my job would be fundraising and grant writing. I wasn’t intimidated, but I wasn’t completely confident either. I dabbled in fundraising some in a previous job as a youth director and I had several ideas, I just wasn’t sure how[…]
The first time I stepped inside UKirk, it was the first Wednesday of my freshman year and just from that initial service, I knew I had found the place for me. Let me start off by saying that I have never been an extremely religious person. I have always questioned many aspects of Christianity and[…]
Finishing my first year is both emotional, stressful, and relieving. It’s the whole idea of happy to be done, sad to leave (even if it’s only for the summer). I remember my first day walking on campus. I moved into my dorm, made some friends, and tried dining hall food for the first time. During[…]
In the next month, I will approach the day I’ve been looking forward to since I was a senior in high school: graduation day. Imagining my college graduation as a high school student, I dreamed I’d be graduating with a degree in biology or chemistry, plans to attend medical school, and an initiation into the[…]
We as humans are full of expectations. It isn’t really something we can help, I don’t think, but we all certainly do enjoy making prejudgments and leaning into them. We have expectations that our day will go smoothly and that our coffee will be hot. You have expectations and dreams for your children and grandchildren[…]
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” I used to say these words, as I’m sure others have or have even repeated to children, when words were weaponized to do harm. It’s a catchy phrase, but it’s simply not true. Words can hurt and more, they can give people[…]
“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.” – Shauna Niequist When I graduated high school, I looked back on the past four years, and I firmly believed that I had changed more in those four years than I would ever change again. I[…]